Tiny Aspen Heisler’s family facing long road ahead with faith, support

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
Aspen Heisler is pictured here in the arms of his dad, Levi, while Randi has an arm on four-year-old Macen.

Family and friends are rallying around the Levi and Randi Heisler family.

More specifically, little Aspen Heisler.

Aspen, slightly over one year old, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

He's got a tumor in his tiny chest that apparently extends to his spinal column.

“They had been seeking help for a few months,” says Karla Heisler, Aspen's grandmother. “They had some concerns that something was wrong.”

The child has been taken to University of Minnesota-Fairview Hospital and has already begun chemotherapy treatments.

Karla said one positive the family is clinging to is that doctors told them the tumor has not spread to any bones.

“This has been quite a scare for all of us,” she added. “But the biopsy showed it had not spread to the bone, so that is a real positive.”

Karla describes her young grandson as a happy, bright and outgoing youngster.

She knows, however, a long battle lies ahead for Aspen and all the members of his close and extended family.

“There is strength through prayers and numbers,” adds Karla. “And we really appreciate all the support we've been given.”

“We want to thank everyone involved.”

Some of those involved include the folks from Idesign, who have donated decals (stickers) with “Prayers For Aspen” on them.

They are being sold for $5 each and all of those proceeds will be given to the Heisler family.

“They are super cute,” Karla says of the stickers.

The family lives in Rugby, where Levi is self-employed. In addition to the stickers, folks from that area are planning a snowmobile run March 6 to help the family. And there is a steak fry in the works as well.

Levi, a 1999 graduate of Devils Lake High School, and Randi (Bednarz) have a four-year-old, Macen, as well.

Joyce Kruckenberg is Aspen's great-grandmother and her husband, Dale, is a step-great grandpa. Randi is Karen Saari and Jason Bednarz's daughter. Bernice and Bob Ness are grandparennts on the other side.